GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Football All-American Dakota Dozier and women's tennis standout Ansley Speaks were named Furman Male and Female Athletes of the Year, respectively, Monday evening at the school's ESPY style all-sports awards banquet held at Timmons Arena.
Dozier, a four-year starter and two-time All-American as an offensive tackle, earned consensus All-America honors in 2013 and was the recipient of the Southern Conference Jacobs Blocking Award this past year. He served as a team captain and contributed significantly to the Paladins' late season surge that netted wins in six of the final eight games en route to capturing the SoCon championship and league's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs. The West Columbia, S.C., product played in the prestigious East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., in January, and participated in the NFL Combine in February. During his career he helped pave the way for three consecutive 1,000-yard rushers at Furman (2011-13).
Speaks was named the 2014 Southern Conference Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year after helping lead Furman to a 9-0 league record and its first SoCon regular season title since 2009. She posted a 16-5 overall singles record, including a 7-1 mark at No. 1 singles in league competition, and was chosen to the All-SoCon second team at No. 2 doubles after recording a perfect 8-0 mark in SoCon competition. A native of Simpsonville, S.C., she holds a 4.0 GPA.
Volleyball star Christina Dorismond captured Furman's Student-Athlete Achievement and Elizabeth Blackwell Academic Achievement Awards.
A chemistry major with a 3.97 GPA, Dorismond is a member of several honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Phi Eta Sigma and the Senior Order — an elite leadership honor society for women at Furman. In 2013, she won the Winston Babb Memorial Award, given annually by the Furman chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa to the woman in each class who has demonstrated the most outstanding qualities of leadership, scholarship and service to the industry. In addition, she was recently accorded the President's Award, one of Furman's most prestigious honors, and NCAA Post-graduate and SoCon Graduate Scholarships. In the community, she volunteered at the Greenville Free Medical Clinic and the Furman Child Development Center. Dorismond plans to attend medical school following graduation.
On the court the middle blocker earned first team All-SoCon honors after helping Furman to a 17-12 overall record (12-4 SoCon mark) and a second place league finish. She led the squad in a number of statistical categories and, behind a career-high 23 kills, paced the Paladins to a 3-1 victory over South Carolina — Furman's first victory over the Gamecocks in school history. Dorismond, a native of Cary, N.C., received numerous awards as a senior, including selection to the Georgia Invitational, Clemson Big Orange Bash, Delaware Invitational, and Southern Conference All-Tournament Teams, as well as being named first team all-conference.
The John M. Block Academic Achievement Award went to senior shortstop Hunter Burton of Furman's baseball team. A four-year starter who carries a 3.75 GPA in business administration, he is a member of Phi Eta Sigma honor society and was recently accorded Furman's Excellence in Business Award, which is given to the university's top two business majors. A product of Williamston, S.C., he currently leads the nation with 33 stolen bases and is batting .314 for the Paladins.
In addition, Furman recognized its five SoCon championship teams, eighth league freshmen of the year selection, seven conference coach of the year honorees, and one league player of the year pick for the 2013-14 school year.
Furman Athletics Department Awards
Male Athlete of the Year: Dakota Dozier, Football
Edna Hartness Female Athlete of the Year: Ansley Speaks, Tennis
Student-Athete Achievement Award: Christina Dorismond, Volleyball
Elizabeth Blackwell Academic Achievement Award: Christina Dorismond, Volleyball
John M. Block Academic Achievement Award: Hunter Burton, Baseball
Furman Team Most Valuable Players
Men's Basketball: Stephen Croone
Men's Tennis: Joel Cook
Men's Golf: Bryce Howell
Men's Soccer: Sven Lissek
Men's Cross Country: Tripp Hurt
Men's Indoor Track and Field: Tripp Hurt
Men's Outdoor Track and Field: Tripp Hurt
Women's Basketball: Brittany Hodges
Women's Tennis: Ansley Speaks
Women's Golf: Taylor Totland
Women's Soccer: Alyssa Altoff
Women's Soccer: India Robinson
Women's Cross Country: Allie Buchalski
Women's Indoor Track and Field: Grace Tinkey
Women's Outdoor Track and Field: Sinead Haughey
Softball: Lauren Collier
Volleyball: Christina Dorismond
Student ESPY Awards
Unsung Hero: Ray Early, Football
Comeback Player of the Year: Tripp Hurt, Men's Cross Country/Track
Play of the Year: Stephen Croone, Men's Basketball (second half dunk vs. The Citadel)
Male Rookie of the Year: Bobby Edet, Men's Soccer
Female Rookie of the Year: Carlie Couch, Women's Soccer
Best Underdog Victory: Volleyball defeated South Carolina 3-1
Record Breaking Performance: Brigid Morrissey, Women's Basketball (set new season assist record)
Best Game: Football vs. Wofford (27-14 SoCon title clinching win)
Best Team: Women's Soccer
Golden Paladin Award(given to a team for athletic achievement, academic achievement, community service, and game attendance)
2013-14 Furman SoCon Championship Teams
Men's Cross Country
Women's Cross Country
2013 Furman SoCon Freshmen of the Year
Bobby Edet, Men's Soccer
Carlie Couch, Women's Soccer
Allie Buchalski, Women's Cross Country/Track & Field
Troy Reeder, Men's Cross Country/Track & Field
Ashton Gregory, Volleyball
Ansley Speaks, Women's Tennis
Adam Steryous, Men's Tennis
Taylor Totland, Women's Golf
2013 Furman SoCon Coaches of the Year
Bruce Fowler, Football
Andrew Burr, Women's Soccer
Michelle Young, Volleyball
Robert Gary, Men's Cross Country & Women's Cross Couintry
Jackie Carson, Women's Basketball
Debbie Southern, Women's Tennis